Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) – Magee Women’s Hospital
“The combined program has improved both my clinical and research experience. The research experience helped with understanding and integrating new literature into an evidence-based medicine clinical practice. The clinical experience helped shape research goals and connect patient experiences to the disease processes studied. My Ph.D. research project in ovarian cancer also contributes toward my future goals of a career in gynecologic oncology.”
Hometown: Rapid City, S.D.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Residency: University of Minnesota
“The physician scientist program has allowed me to combine my interests in research and medicine into a clear path leading to a career in academic medicine. While it is entirely possible to have a career in medical research with the M.D. alone, I feel the combined degree program helped me develop the skills I will need to ask targeted scientific questions and design experiments to uncover answers. I am fascinated by the experimental investigation of disease processes and the possibility of discovering therapeutic interventions. My ultimate goal is to be able to impact the lives of patients through true translational research. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to train in two related but very different fields – biomedical research and medicine, to define my future career into one that satisfies my curiosity in the science of disease and fulfills my desire to care for people.”